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1993-1994 School Year
1993-1994 Team Photo: Back Row: R. Linberg, S. Spleiss, M. Clarke, Coach R. Lossow, B. Akinwale, A. Budoplphson, T. Enriquez, M. Gallagher, T. Garibaldi. Front Row: A. McIntyre, A. Soroka, R. Odendahl, M. Kroll, J. Gawronski, P. Brandt.

After winning five straight conference titles, the Tigers faced uncertainty.  First, they began the season with a new head coach.  Could this new coach continue the string of successful seasons, especially since he had very little experience coaching gymnastics?  Besides, what knowledge does a former professional football player have of gymnastics?  The Tigers would soon learn that Head Coach Rodney Lossow brought a tenacity to the team that he used while playing football.

This year’s conference season had the Tigers going against all conference opponents twice. South opened the season against Roosevelt.  The Teddies were easily defeated 125.5-84.5.  The Tommies from Edison were turned into pussycats by South, The Tigers again easily won 119.85-99.6.

The third meets was against the combined Henry/North team.  Even though the Tigers were taking on two schools, South came out the victor, 129.6-93.65.  The Lakers were the next conference opponent, and the score was the closest to date.  Southwest amassed 120 points, but the Tigers scored 130! The last meet of the first round was against Washburn.  Like in the previous meets, the Millers were toast, losing 118.15-93.15. The Tigers turned in a perfect first round. 

The teams started the second round.  Roosevelt again was tamed by the Tigers, 128.05-84.5.  This was followed by a sound beating of Edison, 124.85-99.305.  The Henry/North team again fell to South 122.55-97.95. 

Southwest was looking for revenge.  After the close first meeting, the Lakers believed they could upend the champions.  The Lakers scores improved to 123.5.  The Tigers did not do as well as they did in the first meeting with Southwest.  However, their 128.65 points was enough to defeat the Lakers.

The last conference meet, against Washburn, again ended in the Tigers’ favor, 123.65-102.65.

South represented Minneapolis in the Twin City meet against Cretin-Derham Hall. This was an extremely close event, with South eking out a 134.5-131.5 victory.

The Conference Meet, held on February 12, brought this title to South as well.  The Tigers dominated scoring 136.85 points.  Southwest finished second, with a distant 120.2 points.

In the Region 5AA meet, many would say South pulled off an upset.  For the first time in school history, the Tigers won the Region meet and advanced to the State Meet.  In the State Meet, the Tigers finished in 7th place.

For the sixth consecutive season, South claimed the Regular Season Conference title.   Coach Lossow was assisted by Karen Danielson.

The future continues to look bright for the Tigers.  The JV team won the conference title with a 9-1 record.